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Rock Bridge Memorial State Park

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Address: 5901 South Hwy. 163, Columbia, MO 65203
Phone Number: 573-449-7402
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Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Just minutes from Columbia, Rock Bridge Memorial State Park gives visitors...

Just minutes from Columbia, Rock Bridge Memorial State Park gives visitors the chance to scramble, hike and bicycle through a scenic environment – and lets them peek into Missouri’s underworld. The park contains some of the most popular hiking trails in the state and also offers solitude while hiking in the Gans Creek Wild Area. Visitors can also see a large cave system with its rock bridge, sinkholes, a spring and underground stream at the Devil's Icebox. You can explore Connor's Cave in the light of the opening for a taste of the underground world.

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Nearby, Beautiful Spot for a quick hike

I love the fact that this park is just about 10 minutes away from downtown in case you have an emergency nature need. Due to the fact that the bats in the Devil's Ice Box have... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Jess W
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I love the fact that this park is just about 10 minutes away from downtown in case you have an emergency nature need. Due to the fact that the bats in the Devil's Ice Box have the white nose fungus, you can no longer go down into the cave, which is unfortunate, but I'm glad that MO State Parks are... More 

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Columbia, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Absolutely gorgeous! We are very fortunate to have this gemstone in our town! Rock Bridge is an incredible place to go for a quiet hike filled with wildlife and peace! Not to mention, you can be as close to others as you want or solo. Perfect way to spend the morning exploring.

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Columbia, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Went for a hike in this park, late summer, and discovered this gem of a park just South of Columbia. Ended up taking over 100 photos of waterways, sinkholes, vistas, easy walkways, and much more. Ended up spending about 3 hours taking in the views and still need to go back for more with each season’s change.

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Thank Kieran1515
San Antonio, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a beautiful place to go. The whole family had a great time exploring. We did have our Mom with us and she struggled with the stairs because of her Rheumatoid arthritis but she did it! There are LOTS of stairs but it's so worth it. It's beautiful.

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Thank VanessaVa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016

Great for walking or running while enjoying the scenery- especially during the warm & humid summer months. The trails have a lot of variety & seem to go on forever. Must see when in Columbia.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2015

This state park provides great short hikes, geologic formations, and an interesting history. I love to walk here and take photographs.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2015

Rock Bridge State Park is a preserve built around an extensive cave system. At the front, and accessible, is the rock bridge itself--a cave that collapsed so that both ends are visible, with a creek running through it. The state parks have developed a boardwalk (lots of stairs) up and over the rock bridge and around the enormous collapsed sinkhole,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2015 via mobile

We are staying in the area for a short time. (From WV)...It was an awesome place to spend the day and enjoy the scenery and best of all getting to see inside the caves...will never forget it :)

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Columbia, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

This park is easy to find and close to the southeast part of Columbia. It features a beautiful rock bridge, small streams, walking and hiking trails as well as an area for picnics. Kids of all ages will enjoy the day/afternoon here! Local schools bus students here for science trips because of the interesting formations.

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Rocheport, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2015

Very interesting site. Cave, when open, is great tour. Good for kids of all ages! Bring some old shoes.

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